Matt Wild and Logan Imlach Turn Alaska's Buckner Building Into Ski Run
What do you do with an old abandoned building when it can't be torn down? The obvious: Turn it into an adventurous ski run. That's what two skiers did with the abandoned and decrepit Buckner Building in Whittier, Alaska. Matt Wild and Logan Imlach, along with a few friends, spent a week building ramps and piling snow in and around the five-story building, the Alaska Dispatch reported. The two buddies filmed their urban-skiing adventure and uploaded the video to Vimeo.com. "It looks like a lot more work than it was, because if you've ever been inside the Buckner Building in the wintertime, a lot of snow blows inside," Wild told the Dispatch.
The Buckner Building itself has quite a history. Dubbed "the city under one roof," it was once the largest building in Alaska. It was built in 1953 for the U.S. military, and it housed 1,000 apartments, a movie theater, bowling alley, pool, gym and shops. But it was severely damaged in the earthquake of 1964, a 9.2 temblor that collapsed buildings, created a tsunami and killed 131 people. It was deemed uninhabitable after the disaster and has since stood empty.
In an interview with the blog, NewSchoolers.com, Imlach spoke of his love for urban skiing. "It's pretty cool in our sport that you have the freedom to look at any urban area as a blank canvas and hit it however you want to," he said. The Buckner Building video took about six days to film, as the friends had to film from several different angles inside and outside the building.
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